Each of us goes through periods of pessimism, loneliness or gloom, when we feel that life is not working for us. Our efforts seem to go nowhere and there is no help in sight.
We can overcome the negative feelings in such times by recalling the difficulties we have overcome in the past. Each of us can think back to situations where the doors that were closed opened to new and better opportunities, by the Grace of God.
The practice of recalling past successes lifts gloom and takes our attention to a brighter future. This technique is taught in Sura 93:
Your Lord has neither forsaken you, nor does He despise you.
Surely what comes later will be better for you than what came before.
And your Lord will soon give you that with which you will be pleased.
Did He not find you an orphan and has he not taken care of you?
Did He not find you wandering in error and has he not guided you?
Did He not find you needy and has he not enriched you?
The discussion in our meeting will focus on application of this wisdom to our life situations.